DBFZ/Tien

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"There's a certain degree of luck involved in battle. But I can't rely on that. I need to train more."
Lore:Tien Shinhan (or properly known as "Tianjinfan/Tenshinhan") is a student of the Crane School and was one of Goku's greatest childhood rivals. A descendant of the Three-Eyed People, Tien has access to several unique techniques due to his heritage, including the Multi-Form. Accompanied by his doll-like companion, Chiaotzu, Tien has continued to pursue strength as a martial artist throughout the series. During the Saiyan, Cell, and even Buu sagas, Tien played secondary though important roles in the final outcomes.
Playstyle
DBFZ Tien Icon.png Tien is a balanced, stalwart character that with resources, has insane damage potential with Super Moves.
Pros Cons
  • Solid Mix-ups: Has multiple quick lows, an overhead, and a command grab.
  • Super Damage: All his Supers boast some of the highest damage in the game even after scaling and efficient meterburn options in both kinds of Tri-Beams.
  • Upgrades: Sparking! or Limit Break halves the HP loss for Tri-Beams and together, erase his initial health penalty. Sparking! unlocks j.236H as an instant overhead.
  • Potential Damage: Multipliers alongside Supers enable Tien to inflict massive damage off single conversions to down opponents with enough resources spent.
  • Full-screen Okizeme: Telekinesis can put the opponent on block anywhere shortly after a sliding knockdown.
  • Assist Variety: A is good for neutral, B is nice in blockstrings, and both are useful for combo extensions.
  • Honest: Buttons are stubby, and has no reliably safe approach options in neutral.
  • Meter Hog: Unremarkable damage without bar, and unreasonable to place in a position outside Anchor.
  • Flawed Assists: A has very little blockstun and B has very poor tracking in neutral while dealing no damage; they can be outclassed by other similar anchor assists.

Normal Moves[edit]

5L[edit]

5M[edit]

5H[edit]

5S[edit]

2L[edit]

2M[edit]

2H[edit]

6M[edit]

j.L[edit]

j.M[edit]

j.H[edit]

j.S[edit]

j.2H[edit]

Special Moves[edit]

Volleyball Fist[edit]

236L/M/H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 700 Low - 11 8 20 -5 -
M 700 Low - 29 12 20 -5 4-21 Guard Strike & P2
H 1800 Throw D2 24 1 29 -5 -

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  • 236L performs a sliding low attack.
  • Press additional buttons on hit-confirm to extend the special.

The quick version of the Volleyball Fist. Useful for catching opponents off guard or spamming high attacks.


  • 236M strikes a pose, gaining guard point before doing a sliding low attack.
  • Press additional buttons on hit-confirm to extend the special.
  • Guard point does not activate on frame 1, but it’s very early.
  • Blocks projectiles, mid and low attacks.
  • Loses to throws, supers, and overheads, ironic since it's a volleyball bump.
  • Due to having guard point, this version will scale your combos and followups more than L version.
  • Reaches full-screen.

Even though only the pose has guard point, successfully blocking incoming attack will make the slide invulnerable to strikes and projectiles that aren't Supers. If timed correctly, Tien can go right through beams.


  • 236H is a short ranged command grab that costs half a bar.
  • Follow-up hits are automatic and cannot be vanished out of.
  • Stays same side.
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Scales like 236M.

An useful tool to confuse someone who's blocking too much in a corner.

Volleyball Fist
Follow-up 1
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Volleyball Fist L/M > L/M/H on hit

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 800 - - 12 - - - -
M 800 - - 12 - - - -
H 1200 - U1+ 12 - - - -

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  • L/M switches side.
    • An important tool if you want to reposition yourself behind the enemy. Usually most useful if the "wall" behind you is closer than the one in front of you.
  • H leaves Tien enough time to land j.M.
    • By delaying button press so that Tien doesn't do Follow-up 2, you can start air combos with this. Very useful when you want to get a sliding knockdown with good oki, along with some relatively decent damage off a special move.

  • Damage depends on what the starter is. 236L will scale better and do more damage than 236M.
  • All version launches the enemy vertically and follows them into the air.
  • Pressing an additional button will cause Tien to slam the enemy to the ground.

Volleyball Fist
Follow-up 2
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Volleyball Fist Follow-up 1 > L/M/H on hit

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 900 [1080] - - 31 - - - -
M 900 [1080] - - 31 - - - -
H 1800 [1980] - D1 35 - - - -

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  • L knocks the opponent straight down.
  • M knocks the opponent a little further away than the L version.
  • H knocks the opponent even further away into a sliding knockdown.
  • Using this after the H version of Follow-up 1 will keep Tien grounded for additional combos. Given that the cost for an EX special is now half of a bar instead of a full bar, and the damage done by this alone is considerable, it's probably worth going for this now.

  • Damage depends on what the starter is. Starts with 236L will do more damage than 236M.
  • If you time it perfectly on any version, it does extra damage and has Smash property.
  • [] is on just frame.

Air Volleyball Fist[edit]

j.236L/M/H

Crane Strike[edit]

214L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground L 1300 High D1 26 2 24 -4 -
Air L 1200 High D1 22 Until Landing 24 - -
Ground M 1400 High D1 28 2 24 -4 -
Air M 1300 High D1 24 Until Landing 24 -4 -
Ground H 1500 High D1 24 2 25 -4 -
Air H 1400 High D1 20 Until Landing 24 -4 -

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  • All versions pops Tien back upwards on block.
  • Light version pops Tien back upwards on hit.
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Brings Tien higher in the air to hit, whiffs if opponent is directly in front of Tien.
  • Can link from j.2H if smash has already been used.

Mostly used at the end of corner combos to optimize damage, or as an overhead outside of Sparking! (still 2H'able).

Dodon Ray[edit]

236S (Air OK)

Telekinesis[edit]

214S

Z Assists[edit]

Assist A[edit]

Dodon Ray

Assist B[edit]

Telekinesis

Assist C[edit]

Volleyball Fist

Super Moves[edit]

Tri-Beam[edit]

236L+M or 236H+S (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground 2400 All - 13+4 3 38 -20 13-25
Air 2400 All - 13+4 3 38 -20 13-25
Ground Extension 1699*2 All - - - - - -
Air Extension 1699*2 All - - - - - -

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  • Deals unrecoverable 750 damage to Tien. Tien cannot die from self damage, and can use this even at 1 HP.
  • Self damage decreases during Sparking or Limit Break, and becomes 0 with both activated (See here)
  • Minimum damage: 1032.

This is the second highest damaging Lv1 Super at max scaling, losing only to Base Goku's Kaioken x20.


  • Hold L/M/H/S during Tri-Beam's startup for this version.
  • L or M keeps the Tiens lined up on the same side, H or S shoots from both sides.
  • Minimum damage: 1426.

Can whiff sometimes on DHCs or high hitstun decay combos.

Neo Tri-Beam[edit]

214L+M (Air OK)

Farewell, Tien...[edit]

214H+S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
3600 Throw - 9+1 25 40 - 1-14

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  • Travels in a straight horizontal line, level with the enemy when the move is initiated. Whiffs on crouching characters.
  • Cannot be cancelled into.
  • Won't come out if Chiaotzu is still doing Telekinesis. Chiaotzu also goes away if Tien is hit during the attack.
  • On hit, Telekinesis, B Assist, and this super become unavailable for the rest of the match.
  • Minimum damage: 2610.

Absurdly high damaging combo ender but lacks the versatility of his other Supers.

On hit, plays a really long grieving animation after the explosion that doesn't freeze time, allowing Sparking opponents to regenerate their health. This along with the low raw damage makes the Super useless for damage if they survive.

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